[audio:http://www.changinggears.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/848110318b.mp3|titles=848110318b] Among the people who are returning to our region from Japan are students, who flock there every year to learn about the country and its culture. (I was a Japan Society media fellow in 2002, and I’ve shared their experience.)
In Chicago, a group of Rotary International Group Study Exchange students recently returned from Tokyo. Erica McNamara, Elizabeth Gomez and Bob Blackburn were in Japan during the deadly earthquake and tsunami — something they never thought they would experience when they were planning their visit. Since then they’ve been readjusting to their jobs and regular lives. Now that the travelers have had time to reflect, they shared their stories. Some of them are quite emotional. This piece was produced by Justin Kaufmann at our partner station WBEZ.